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Deseret News does a great job covering reactions from SCOTUS

Posted by on Oct 6, 2014

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865612533/Calls-for-civility-accompany-same-sex-marriage-action.html

The Deseret news did a great job highlighting the reactions of various leaders across the state after the stay was lifted on the marriages of same sex couples. Check out the article above to see how House Democrats responded.

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House Democrats Celebrate the Recognition of Utah Families, Encourage Others to Do the Same

Posted by on Oct 6, 2014

Media Statement

 

For Immediate Release: October 6, 2014

 

Contact:          Elizabeth Roberts, Media Coordinator

Utah House Democratic Caucus

801-835-7087 | lizabeth.verse@gmail.com

 

House Democrats Celebrate the Recognition of Utah Families, Encourage Others to Do the Same

 

Salt Lake City – Utah House Democrats issued a statement today following the Supreme Court’s refusal to hear Herbert v. Kitchen, effectively validating same sex marriage by upholding the 10th circuit court’s decision.

 

Representative Jennifer Seelig, House Minority Leader, said “We support Utah families. We are excited to know that same sex couples are no longer in legal limbo, and have a chance to be made whole with the legal recognition of their unions. We encourage our Attorney General and Governor to move forward, confirming these spouses’ rights to their children and each other. Today is a day to celebrate.

 

“We understand that this decision did not come lightly, from Judge Shelby all the way to the Supreme Court. We are proud to come from a state of such growing diversity, and hope that, in this decision, we can respect and support people of differing views. We are all a human family, a Utah family, and now we are a legally united one.”

 

 

 

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Women in the Economy Commission to Meet Today

Posted by on Sep 29, 2014

Media Advisory

 

For Immediate Release: September 29, 2014

 

Contact:         Elizabeth Roberts, Media Coordinator

Utah House Democratic Caucus

801-835-7087 | lizabeth.verse@gmail.com

 

Women in the Economy Commission to Meet Today

 

Salt Lake City-  The Women in the Economy Commission is set to meet this Monday to speak about potential goals for the Commission, and how it might impact Utah’s future economic success.

 

The Commission was created during the 2014 General Session by House Democratic Leader Jennifer Seelig, and is now co-chaired by Seelig and Speaker Becky Lockhart. The Commission seeks to support and establish research on the impact of women in Utah’s economy, as well as recommend specific policies to public and private institutions that can help women find success.

 

Who:     House Democratic Leader Jennifer Seelig, co-chair

Speaker Becky Lockhart, co-chair

Senator Diedre Henderson

Senator Luz Robles

Carrie Mayne, Department of Workforce Services

Ann Marie Thompson, SLC Chamber

Trina Eyring, Zions Bank

Jennifer Robinson, Center for Public Policy, University of Utah

Anne Burkholder, YWCA

Judy Barnett, AFL CIO

Heather Barnum, HDR Engineering

 

What:    Women in the Economy Commission meeting

Where:Committee Room 415 Capitol Building

When:  Monday, September 29th 1:30-3:30 pm

 

Remote attendance is available by registering through the following link:                https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/983984297

 

 

For more information on the Commission, please visit http://jobs.utah.gov/edo/womeneconomy/index.html

 

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House Democrat Leads the Fight for Aging Utahns, Protects our Budget and our Communities

Posted by on Sep 17, 2014

Media Advisory

 

For Immediate Release: September 16, 2014

 

Contact:          Elizabeth Roberts, Media Coordinator

Utah House Democratic Caucus

801-835-7087 | lizabeth.verse@gmail.com

 

House Democrat Leads the Fight for Aging Utahns, Protects our Budget and our Communities

 

Salt Lake City- Utah House Democratic Assistant Whip, Representative Rebecca Chavez Houck, is leading the fight for aging Utahns and their caregivers, all while looking to reduce societal and governmental costs long term.

 

She says, “Supporting more proactive in-home care solutions for aging Utahns will save the state millions each year. By solidifying a foundation for caregivers, as well as the people for which they provide assistance, Utah can see significant economic security as our population ages.”

 

Representative Chavez Houck will be leading a presentation on the aging community in Utah, as well as options the state has to better support them, during the interim meeting of Health and Human Services Committee.

 

 

What:    “Mind the Gap” – Optimizing Quality of Life for Aging Utahns

Where:  Room 250, State Capitol Building

When:    September 17th, 2014 2:30 p.m. (agenda item #2, set for 2:35 p.m.)

Who:      Representative Rebecca Chavez Houck, Democratic Assistant Whip

Mallory Bateman, Research Analyst, Utah Foundation

Scott McBeth, Director, Mountainland Aging and Family Services

Alan Ormsby, Director, AARP Utah

Michael S. Styles, Assistant Director, Aging and Adult Services

Nan Mendenhall, State Director, Adult Protective Services

Michael Hales, Deputy Director, Utah Department of Health

Ann Palmer, Executive Director, Utah Commission on Aging

Facts*:

  • There are approximately 382,000 caregivers in Utah.
  • Current caregivers spend more years caring for a parent than their own children.
  • 31% of caregivers lose their own savings in an attempt to care for aging relatives, often including 10% or more of their own regular income.
  • The weight of caring for a loved one increases health concerns in both the caregiver and the aging individual, including mental and physical deterioration, through lack of support and basic medical training.

*Facts included will be presented during the meeting by individuals listed above.

 

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Campaign Contribution Limits Remain High Priority to House Democrat

Posted by on Sep 17, 2014

Media Advisory

 

For Immediate Release: September 16, 2014

 

Contact:          Elizabeth Roberts, Media Coordinator

Utah House Democratic Caucus

801-835-7087 | lizabeth.verse@gmail.com

 

Campaign Contribution Limits Remain High Priority to House Democrat

 

Salt Lake City- Democratic Representative Brian King is presenting his campaign finance reform bill to the Government Operations Interim Committee tomorrow, showing his full force dedication in keeping this discussion front and center, even after the Legislature has concluded its investigation of Attorneys General Swallow and Shurtleff.

 

Representative King stated, “It’s not enough to punish powerful people after the fact. It is our responsibility as legislators to ensure that this kind of corruption does not occur in the Utah system, and that if it does, there are clear consequences. This law would clear up confusion and protect the trust that our constituents place in us.”

 

The Utah House voted down a similar bill proposed by King 35 to 38 during the 2014 General Session. The current bill reflects similar language and includes limits to PAC, Corporation, Labor Organization and Individual giving to candidates from statewide offices to judges races, political parties and PACs. If a candidate or contributor gives more than the assigned limit, they become subject to a misdemeanor. The previous bill was co-sponsored by the entire Democratic House Caucus, as well as Republican Representatives Pitcher, Anderson and Froerer.

 

 

What:    Campaign Contribution Limits Hearing

Where:  House Building Room 20

When:    September 17, 2014 2:30 p.m. (agenda item #2, expected 2:50 p.m.)

Who:      Representative Brian King

 

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Judge’s Death Highlights Penalty Problem for House Democrat

Posted by on Sep 17, 2014

Media Advisory

 

For Immediate Release: September 17, 2014

 

Contact:          Elizabeth Roberts, Media Coordinator

Utah House Democratic Caucus

801-835-7087 | lizabeth.verse@gmail.com

 

Judge’s Death Highlights Penalty Problem for House Democrat

 

Salt Lake City – As a result of the deaths of many cyclists and pedestrians, including a judge who was riding his bike in Millcreek Canyon, Democratic Representative Patrice Arent is pressing for a change in the law to increase the penalty for negligently operating a vehicle when a death occurs.

 

Representative Arent commented on the bill, saying, “It is very difficult for family members and the public to understand that, in situations where a death has occurred, a person may be only charged with a traffic violation with no reference to the death.  This bill is not just about increasing punishment for these tragic situations, but to accurately represent what has happened – that someone has lost their life.”

 

The proposed legislation provides that certain provisions of the Traffic Code, which are currently punishable as an infraction or Class C misdemeanor, would be a Class B misdemeanor if a death is caused by the violation. The legislation also gives a judge the ability to revoke the driver’s license of someone convicted of a traffic violation causing a death.

 

What:    Hearing on Penalty Changes for Traffic Violation Causing Death

Where:  House Building Room 25

When:    September 17, 2014, 9:00 a.m. (agenda item #4, expected 9:50 a.m.)

Who:      Representative Patrice Arent, Attorney Drew Quinn

 

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Rape Kit Processing Problems Continue to be Top Issue to Democratic Legislator

Posted by on Jun 18, 2014

Media Statement

 

For Immediate Release: June 18, 2014

 

Contact:         Elizabeth Roberts, Media Coordinator

Utah House Democratic Caucus

801-835-7087 | lizabeth.verse@gmail.com

 

Rape Kit Processing Problems Continue to be Top Issue to Democratic Legislator

 

Salt Lake City - The Utah Legislature’s Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice interim committee heard further report today on the status of rape kit processing in Utah.

 

House Democratic Leader, Representative Jennifer Seelig said today, “It is crucial that we continue to investigate and report on the progress that state is making with this backlog. Our state is accountable to these victims, who have put their trust in us, and it is our job to work to keep that trust. This committee, the Utah Sexual Violence Committee, and the state are dedicated to correcting this problem as quickly as possible.”

 

A significant backlog of rape kits, as well as the way in which victims are made aware of what has happened to their rape kits, came to light during the 2014 General Session. Representative Seelig authored a law that changed the way rape kit processing is handled in the state, and expands communication between victims and law enforcement on the status of their evidence and cases.

 

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